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Calgary, April 23, 2010 — The Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, today made public a study on development perspectives that will help enhance the vitality of the Calgary Francophone community.

“Alberta is the Canadian province with the youngest population and because of growing immigration, it is becoming increasingly multicultural. This new reality presents an opportunity for Alberta’s Francophone communities,” pointed out Mr. Fraser.

The objective of the Office of the Commissioner’s study is to provide communities with tools so that they can better identify priorities in terms of community vitality and are better equipped to objectively measure results. For example, this study explains how the community could improve cooperation among its various community organizations and ensure that its human resources are renewed. The study also highlights the importance of taking steps to address the specific challenges that this community faces, particularly the geographical dispersion of its population, its lack of visibility, and the lack of community infrastructure.

“This study is part of the process enabling the community to drive its own development. The leadership of Alberta’s Francophone community needs to be able to rely on the support of the Alberta community as a whole, the provincial government, and federal institutions. It is from this perspective that my office has contributed this study. I hope that it can serve as a model for similar studies in other Francophone communities in the province.”

The Commissioner hopes that federal government institutions will use this study, and community consultations, to better target their efforts. All federal institutions are responsible for providing services and taking positive measures that meet the needs of official-language communities, and for supporting the development of these communities.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with the Commissioner, please contact:

Robin Cantin
Manager, Media Relations
Telephone: 613-995-0374
Cellular: 613-324-0999
Toll-free: 1-877-996-6368

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